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New research from the Mental Health Foundation states that 74% of UK adults in the past year have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope as a result of stress.
Stress Awareness Month has been running every April to increase awareness and knowledge about stress and how it impacts many on a daily basis.
This year, the theme for Stress Awareness Month (2021) is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’.
The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has brought extra challenges and uncertainty to people’s lives. This has resulted in an increase in stress factors and stress levels.
A little stress is beneficial, even necessary. We function well with a little incentive. But high levels of stress, and multiple stressors, can result in lowered wellbeing. And this lowered wellbeing leads to illness, poor mental health, and time off due to burnout.
So, what is stress?
Stress is the body’s natural response to pressure. This response can produce physical and emotional responses, and can be caused by a host of different situations or life events. Even positive life changes such as a promotion, purchasing a new house, or the birth of a child can produce stress.
Some common symptoms of stress include (but are not limited to):
What can I do during Stress Awareness Month?
If you need to access our services to discuss any wellbeing concerns you may have, our confidential helpline is available 24/7, 365. Alternatively, if you have access to the My Healthy Advantage app (iOS & Android), you can view a variety of wellbeing resources including articles, videos, mini health checks and 4-week programmes, all aimed at improving your physical and mental wellbeing.
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